65th Eng. redeploys from Afghanistan

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

 

Families greeting returning warriors.

Soldiers from the 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, are greeted by tears, hugs and kisses from friends and family, Friday, after completing a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

 

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — One hundred and eighty-eight Soldiers from the 65th Engineer Battalion met tears, hugs and kisses from their friends and families, June 20, here, after completing a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

The unit formed and led Task Force Bayonet, a multifaceted fighting force consisting of multiple engineer and logistical companies, and an Afghan National Army mentoring team.

The primary focus of TF Bayonet was to partner with ANA engineers and other ministries of the Afghan government and to provide mentorship in engineer operations.

It was directly responsible for ensuring that the ANA was capable of operating as an independent fighting force. TF Bayonet also conducted route clearance ops, assuring mobility for coalition forces and Afghan civilians using various improvised explosive device defeat platforms.

“As I reflect back on this deployment, I am truly amazed by how much this battalion has accomplished,” said Lt. Col. Dave Acker, commander, 65th Eng. Bn. and TF Bayonet.

The Army engineers tracked the battle across three regional commands comprised of more than 150,000 square kilometers of patrolled routes and operational areas.

They managed, conducted and ensured more than 1,200 non-rolling stock items were returned back into the military inventory, while simultaneously turning in 21 vehicles and more than 80,000 rounds of ammunition from their company alone.

“The Soldiers of Task Force Bayonet have demonstrated their dedication to the mission and ability to remain flexible in the most trying situations,” said Acker.

 

8th Theater Sustainment Command

8th TSC is the senior Army logistics command in the Pacific, responsible for logistics and supply for land operations throughout the theater, employing 167 different skill sets, with 35 unique capabilities, to include Military Police, Quartermaster, Transportation, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Army Watercraft, Dive and Engineers.

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